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A Summer in Amber

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Thirty-six years before this particular summer, the sun sent the first of a long series of powerful solar storms earthwards. These storms wrought havoc on the world's electrical grid, fried it's computers, crashed the data clouds, and made radios, TVs, and cell phones useless. Over the course of a few weeks, the world found itself back in the 19th century. England survived ...more
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published April 28th 2015 (first published April 23rd 2015)
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Audrey Driscoll
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is described by its author as a science fiction novel of adventure and romance. It's set in a world whose technology is a mixture of the 19th and 21st centuries as a result of solar storms and an unstable sun. People dress in antiquated outfits but carry devices called "watsons" that resemble smart phones. Transportation is by rail, bicycle, foot, and horse, with a few relic petrol-fueled cars and ultralight electric vehicles. Depopulation has resulted in empty countrysides, with house ...more
Peter Venus
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books of recent times, an accidental discovery on Kindle that was such a happy discovery. A gentle steampunk novel with not so much punk, this is beautifully paced with engaging protagonists and an entirely believable setting. An absolute gem.
Ann Thompson
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it

This was the dullest book I have ever read. Even though it was set in the future the dialogue was so old fashioned it was unbelievable. The story line didn't go anywhere and the love story was also not of a future century and dull.
Hy Tran
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not quite steampunk, not quite science fiction. No zombies (thank goodness!). It's a sort-of-romance, and there's a bit of office/academic politics (where the politics are so nasty because the stakes are so small...)

Well written with engaging characters.
Scott Sammons
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Very well done!

In this book Litka takes the reader down a wonderfully twisting path with a sweet romance, mild mystery, sci-fi fantasy, and fairy tale all rolled in one. There are somewhat rougher editing edges than in other Litka stories I've read. (all minor bowls loosened when bowels were intended etc.) Regardless of those minor rough edges the story, pacing, characters, etc are all extremely tight and well written.

I particularly wish to thank the author for introducing me to the fairytale T
Eric Juneau
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
A pastoral regency romance. Takes place in an alternate 1900 where there's cell phones but no cars. A Ph.D. is assigned to a quaint country house to transcribe a mad scientist's papers. But more important, the tempestuous daughter of the town's leader is catching his eye. She's a good character, as is the main character's cantankerous boss. But other than that, a lot of them don't have distinguishable personalities.

The prose is influenced by Jasper Fforde's slipstream, but the science fiction el
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What an unusual, intelligent read! A clever mixture of science, suspense, adventure and romance. What a shame it ended. Highly recommended!
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